The Cross is undoubtedly the most astonishing of all Christian symbols. The scandal of which was sanctified by the sufferings of the Son of Man. It depicts not only the pains of life but first and foremost—the redemption wrought by Christ through it. Thus, no matter how inconvenient it becomes, this is “the way they will know you are my disciples” by “giving your life for the sake of others.” We proclaim the power and victory of the Cross however and wherever Jesus sends us, understanding the pain but carrying it with courage and faith, in union with the Catholic Church.
The “fish” is the “recognition factor” of the early Christians. From the Greek for “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior,” it stood for their faith in Him by whose dying destroyed death and whose rising restored life. It stands for every “leap of faith” that God asks of those who “adore Him in Spirit and truth” (Jn. 4:23-24).
The circle depicts the Holy Eucharist, center of the Catholic life in Christ who said: “If you do not eat my flesh and drink my blood, you do not have life within you” (Jn 6). The triangle symbolizes the Holy Trinity – Titular of the Missionaries of Faith (Feast Day: Sunday after Pentecost).